May 19, 2017
This week saw the TTC and City of Toronto announce details of a year-long pilot on King St. — the King Street Pilot Study — that will provide greater priority to transit service, namely the 504 King and 514 Cherry streetcars.
With a ridership of 65,000 customers per day, the 504 is the TTC’s busiest surface route. As any streetcar rider knows, service can be painfully slow at peak times given the sheer volume of traffic and the ability of just one left-turning private vehicle to bring service to a halt.
Several years ago, I called for the central section of King to be designated as a transit priority corridor. It is good to now have a plan that restricts car access to short stretches between blocks and that also eliminates left turns.
The trial section will run for a year between Jarvis and Bathurst Sts.
I am convinced that this long-overdue initiative will bring service reliability and travel time improvements to our busiest surface route.
With new, high-capacity streetcars on the horizon for the 504, as well, we are taking decisive action to transform our busiest surface route. This is a plan that puts people and transit first.
Line 1 Yonge-University
This weekend, Sat., May 20 and Sun., May 21 only, Line 1 Yonge-University will be closed between St. George and Sheppard West (formerly Downsview) stations as the TTC continues work on the new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system.
Shuttle buses will operate between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations only during this closure. Service is being doubled on nine surface routes that run between the University portion and Yonge portion of Line 1, and to the 7 Bathurst route. Please consider using these routes for your journey.
Regular service resumes Monday at 6 a.m.
Construction work continues at the intersection of Dundas and Parliament Sts. until June 15. Service on the 505 Dundas and 65 Parliament routes will divert as follows:
- 505 Dundas streetcars will divert in both directions via Dundas, Bay and College Sts., stopping at College Station, and continuing via Carlton, Parliament and Gerrard Sts. and Broadview Ave.
- 505 Dundas shuttle buses will provide service on Dundas St., Shuter St. and Broadview Ave., between the intersection Bay & Dundas and Broadview Station.
- 65 Parliament buses will divert in both directions via Parliament St., Shuter St., Sherbourne St., Gerrard St. and Parliament St.
Several parades and events are taking place throughout the city this weekend. Be sure to check ttc.ca for bus and streetcar route diversions. Get up-to-the-minute advisories by subscribing to eAlerts or following @TTCnotices on Twitter
Last Saturday, Line 2 Bloor- Danforth was closed between St. George and Broadview stations, enabling TTC crews to perform the following important maintenance work:
- Replacement of two track beams on the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct
- Replacement of five track circuit upgrades
- Rail drilling Bay Station to Yonge Station
- Installation of decals on Presto paddles at all Bay and Sherbourne station entrances
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we complete work that will make the TTC more modern, efficient and safer.
For more information on subway closures and surface diversions visit the Service Advisories page
Name: Bineet Lathia
Position: Budget and Controls Assistant
Years of service: 2
I was hired by the TTC as a budget and controls assistant in 2015, after working for a non-profit as a financial analyst. I support the subway infrastructure department, performing financial controls and assisting with the preparation and monitoring of the budget. My favourite part of my job is that it is both exciting and challenging, as there’s so much knowledge to be gained every day. I can see how my work directly impacts customers; I give my team the supporting data, and construction crews can then do the hard work. It’s a fulfilling role, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a dynamic and diverse team. Outside of work, I am a father and family man. I love to spend as much time as possible with my kids.
Let the TTC connect you to Victoria Day celebrations
This Victoria Day, let the TTC connect you to the fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay. Service will be increased on the 22 Coxwell and 92 Woodbine South routes, and the 501 Queen route will be operating on an adjusted schedule during the event from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The TTC Day pass will extend through Victoria Day weekend for those looking to travel around the city for a great price. From Sat., May 20 to Mon., May 22, individuals or groups purchase a Day Pass for just $12.50. Children 12 and under always ride for free.
Weekly Customer Service Report
View all articles from May